Mozambique is Southern Africa’s resolution to tropical paradise: with pleasing beaches, turquoise sea, much islands and a palm-fringed shoreline, it’s the stuff lag brochures are made of.
Many African countries aren’t known for their gourmet choices, nonetheless Mozambique is among the exceptions. 5 hundred years of Portuguese have an effect on, tropical fruit and abundant fish and seafood mean that Mozambique is a foodie’s heaven.
Here are some dishes (and drinks) you would possibly well strive on your next time out:
The total seafood you’ll utilize in Mozambique is savory, nonetheless prawns are positively the highlight: juicy and flavourful, they’re served grilled or fried, with French fries or rice. Prawns in Mozambique are juicy and savory. They’re served grilled on the barbecue or fried and are slathered in either fiery peri peri sauce or lashings of garlic.
This tasty frail dish is no longer one thing you’ll repeatedly procure on the menu at vacationer eating locations – you’re more seemingly to assemble it in the event you find yourself staying with locals. It’s comprised of stewed cassava leaves (the same to spinach), ground peanuts, garlic and coconut milk. It’s either eaten on its possess or with rice and prawns.
Demonstrate in any Mozambican market, paõ (pronounced pow) are Portuguese white bread rolls baked in wood-fired ovens in villages.
4. Peri peri chicken
You’ll procure peri peri chicken in every single place Mozambique, besides further north in Tanzania and west in Angola (every other southern African country colonised by the Portuguese). The dish consists of chicken marinated in lemon juice, garlic and a healthy douse of peri peri sauce, in general eaten with French fries.
5. Prego roll
There’s nothing better for a roadside snack in Mozambique than a lip-smacking prego roll: a steak lined in peri peri sauce (a fiery crimson sauce made with chillies, garlic and vinegar) in paõ. Easy and savory!
Mozambique changed into as soon as the enviornment’s largest producer of cashews, and even supposing they’re no longer being farmed on the kind of extensive scale anymore, there are nuts bushes rising in every single place. You’ll gaze folks selling bags of cashews on the facet of the road for peanuts (excuse the pun) and on the seaside. Whereas straightforward cashews are massive, the roasted peri peri ones are even more tasty.
Bewitch new fish trusty off the boats on the seaside all along the hover in Mozambique. It’s simplest to grill fish on a barbecue and put it to use on the seaside if seemingly – the closing seaside meal!
8. Tropical fruit
With Mozambique’s warm, humid native climate, savory tropical fruit grows in every single place. There are papayas, coconuts, avocados and my favourite – shrimp, sweet mangoes. Bewitch fruit at village markets or on the facet of the road – a colossal bucket of about forty mangoes goes for around 5MTs (15 US cents).
Laurentina is a big Mozambican beer, by my favourite is 2M (pronounced doish-em). There’s nothing love a few of these drunk at sunset after a supreme day on the seaside.
10. Tipo Tinto
Whereas you occur to’re backpacking in Mozambique, you’re seemingly to suffer various complications from Tipo Tinto, the national rum. Don’t strive to drink this neat! It’s simplest with a mixer – the native favourite is a berry-flavoured soda called Sparberry.